A Farmington man has been charged with raping an Apple Valley woman after repeatedly assaulting her at her home.
Leif Allan Lystrom, 25, is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony with a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.
According to the criminal complaint, the victim called Apple Valley police just after 3 a.m. Sept. 7 and reported that Lystrom, to whom she referred as her boyfriend, had sexually assaulted her, choked her and repeatedly beaten her, then took all her money and left.
When police arrived, they found the victim shaking, crying and having difficulty speaking, the complaint says. They also noted bruises all over her body and cuts on her feet that she said came from Lystrom stomping on her feet while wearing cowboy boots.
Officers began to photograph her injuries, but when one aimed a camera at her face, she became hysterical and told police that it reminded her of pictures Lystrom took of her during the assault. She was transported to a hospital.
The victim told police that over the past few weeks, her consensual relationship with Lystrom had changed. In early September, the victim said, she told Lystrom she wanted nothing more to do with him, but on Sept. 6, he sent text messages telling her that he wanted to see her. She told him no, but he came to her apartment and let himself in, she said.
The victim said she went out with Lystrom to buy food, wine and cigarettes, because she thought that would be the best way to make him leave. She said she drank some wine and went to bed, but was awakened by Lystrom “poking at her.”
The victim told Lystrom to leave, but he was holding her phone and accusing her of having sex with someone named John, according to the complaint. The victim said that Lystrom had earlier erased John’s contact information from her phone, but when he saw a new contact from John, he “snapped.”
Lystrom got on top of the victim and began to choke her, and while she was immobile, he sexually violated her with his fingers, the complaint charges. When she began to scream, he put a pillow over her head, but she told police that she was able to twist herself off the bed.
The victim said she ended up on the floor on her hands and knees, and Lystrom got behind her and continued to choke her and pull her hair.
The victim said she finally told Lystrom that she would let him do anything if he would let her get off the floor. When he agreed, she tried to escape, but her grabbed her, threw her on the bed, choked her, pulled her hair and then raped her, according to the complaint.
The victim said that at one point during the attack, she ran to the bathroom and locked herself in, but Lystrom opened the door with a nail, grabbed her face and choked her. Lystrom then reached into her bra and took money she had hidden there, dragged her off the toilet and stomped on her, the complaint charges.
The victim eventually ran from the apartment and called police. At the hospital, a nurse noted multiple bruises and red marks on her arms and legs.
Police tracked down Lystrom in Farmington, and found the victim’s house keys in his pocket. Lystrom told police that the victim had voluntarily given the keys to him, according to the complaint.
Lystrom admitted to police that he “robbed” the victim of her money, but said he did it so she couldn’t buy methamphetamine, the complaint says. He also admitted having sex with the victim, but told police that she had consented to it.
Lystrom told officers that in the previous week, the victim had thrown darts at him and chased him with a tire iron. He said she had been talking about having sex with other men and was “playing games” with him, according to the complaint.
Lystrom remains in the Dakota County Jail on a $150,000 bond. An omnibus hearing in his case is scheduled Sept. 25 in Dakota County District Court in Hastings.